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Program #14872RJ
5 Days | 4 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
The Adirondack region is the largest publicly-protected area in the continental U.S., with vast sections designated as wilderness or wild forest. This birding haven is one of the best places in the country to observe many boreal birds, including the much-sought-after Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, and Black-backed Woodpecker, as well as a variety of raptors and owl species. Join us at the one and only Great Camp Sagamore to learn identification skills by sight, habit, and song guided by an expert birder. Spring courses focus on treks into the pristine, deep woods to look for migratory species like the loons, vireos, fly-catchers, and an abundance of warblers. Late summer sessions will focus on the habits, habitats and protection of several Adirondack birds of prey. Plus, learn about the saga of Sagamore, a National Historic Landmark built during America's Gilded Age. A wonderful combination of natural history and social history in a unique setting!


• Guided by a regional birding expert, learn what a boreal habitat is, as well as the nesting habits, migration, songs, and identification of native and migratory birds common to boreal regions.
• Enjoy birding treks and slide shows that demonstrate how to distinguish between native and migrating species.
• Glean insights into local Adirondack culture with talks or performances during your stay at Great Camp Sagamore.

Program Notes

This program is appropriate for both novice and veteran birders who want to experience a new ecosystem and see species unique to these habitats. So you can get the most out of your experience, all of our birding programs have a maximum participant-to-instructor ratio of 14:1. Road Scholar birding programs are conducted in accordance with the American Birding Association’s Code of Ethics. Learn more at http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html
Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

Activity Notes

Walking up to two miles over uneven terrain; some hills; activity up to two hours.

Date Notes
Spring in the Adirondacks is a time of renewal and new life — both for the migratory bird species that we will be looking for, as well the insects they feed on, including biting insects such as black flies. While these insects are an essential part of the Northern Forest ecosystem -- and the reason the birds are here -- it's important to protect yourself during birding excursions. Deep woods repellent is essential to bring with you for spring programs in the Adirondacks. Some people are more bothered than others, but for those who are especially sensitive, Sagamore has bug jackets available for use while outdoors. You may also wish to bring your own head net. Conditions are different from year to year, and are difficult to predict, so check for local updates before departure. This session of 14872 is designed to coincide with the 13th Annual Great Adirondack Birding Festival, the longest-running boreal birding festival in the Northeast, held at the Paul Smiths College Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) from June 5-7, 2015. Our program ends on Thursday morning and Paul Smiths is about 2 hours` drive from Sagamore and activities begin early Friday, giving participants ample time to travel to the Festival on Thursday after the completion of this course. Ask us about housing options for the Festival or visit the VIC website: http://www.adirondackvic.org/index.html. For those interested in general birding in the Adirondacks, please note that this course is also offered later in the season, with a focus on raptors and owls, rather than migratory species.8/17/2015
This program is running concurrently with Program #16454: Kayaking the Adirondacks. 8/30/2015
This program runs concurrently with a 3-night program: #14875: Illusion of Roughing It: The Vanderbilts` Great Camp Sagamore.

Coordinated by Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

at no additional cost on this date ...
4 nights of accommodations
11 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
3 Field trips
2 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances


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